HTC’s former product strategy boss advises staff to quit company

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Eric Lin’s tweet comes as a spate of employees, including chief product officer Kouji Kodera, leave manufacturer

Former HTC product strategy manager Eric Lin has advised the manufacturer’s employees to quit the company.

In a tweet to his followers on Monday, Lin wrote: “To all my friends still at @HTC – just quit. Leave now. It’s tough to do, but you’ll be so much happier, I swear.”

Lin, who was product strategy manager at HTC for over two-and-a-half years, left the manufacturer in February to join Skype as product marketing manager.

According to several online reports, a number of other HTC executives have left the company in recent weeks.

It is claimed chief product officer Kouji Kodera left the company last week. He was responsible for HTC’s overall product strategy.

Global retail marketing manager Rebecca Rowland has joined Microsoft as visual merchandising manager and worldwide director of digital marketing John Starkweather has joined AT&T as executive director of social and digital marketing. VP of global communications Jason Gordon has also left, although he is yet to announce his next move.

The news comes following a spate of departures from HTC this year. In March, UK and Ireland regional director Phil Roberson, head of sales Mike Coombes and James Atkins left. They were followed by head of EMEA Florian Seiche last month.

Earlier this month, HTC revealed its Q1 financial results, which revealed revenues and profits had fallen compared to the previous quarter. Revenues were down from NT$60 billion (£1.3 billion) to NT$42.8 billion (£932 million), while gross profits fell from NT$138 billion (£300 million) to NT$8.7 billion (£189 million).

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